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Activist Najee Ali Gets 4 Years in Prison

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Former gang member, now community activist Najee Ali, 45, was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty for attempting to bribe a witness in a case about his daughter. He normally would have recieved two years, but the doubling was due to a 1992 robbery conviction and a 2004 parole violation, according to the LA Times. Ali has been a consistent figure in local activism, once being appointed to a city commission by then Mayor Jim Hahn even after Chief Bratton called him "one of the biggest nitwits in Los Angeles" on CNN. Bratton later apologized.